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this is "world news." tonight, no remorse. a dramatic day in court as jerry sandusky faces off against his victims, and a judge sends sandusky to jail for the rest of his life. romney rising. more new polls showing mitt romney closing in now in a key battleground state. are wife and son behind a new strategy? out of the shadows. a real-life spy claims he helped kill one of al qaeda's most wanted terrorists tracking him down because the terrorist's wife wanted western shampoo. and the conversation. a family lets our cameras roll as they talk for the first time about what they want at the end of life. >> i've lived a great life. >> join us as a new conversation begins in america tonight.
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good evening. as we come on the air, former penn state coach jerry sandusky has been sentenced to prison for the rest of his life. he is 68, and today he was sentenced to at least 30 years behind bars, the price for sexually abusing children, and today in the courtroom, he defiantly stood face to face with some of his victims who were just ten feet away. abc's senior national correspondent jim avila was there. >> reporter: this is what three months in the slammer can do to a man. jerry sandusky has lost weight, his skin turned gray and his gregarious, everyone's pal persona, shrunken inward. the arrogance, gone. >> he did not have that annoying grin. he is a defeated man today. >> reporter: and that was before the judge lowered the boom --
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not a day less than 30 years, as many as 60. >> he will not get out until he is 97 or 98 years old, so he's going to die in prison. >> reporter: his wife, dottie, in court for support. sandusky complained about the verdict, and in a defiant but trembling voice proclaimed innocence. "i feel a need to talk. i didn't do these alleged disgusting acts." a more emotional echo of what we heard him say in a public statement released to the penn state radio station. >> they can treat me as a monster, but they can't take away my heart. >> reporter: but in court sandusky would not have the last word. three of his ten victims confronted him face to face. victim five, "i'm haunted by his naked body." victim six, "kids you promised to help, you victimized" and victim four, "you were supposed to be a role model. instead you decided to attack us." their former mentor turned tormenter maintaining his own
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delusion said the lead prosecutor that it was sandusky, not the boys, who were victimized. >> a masterpiece in self-delusion. completely untethered from reality and without any acceptance of responsibility. >> reporter: life in prison echoing in his ears heading back to isolation at county jail for another ten days as state prison prepares for him. nothing special, no separate quarters even for famous pedophiles in pennsylvania. after 30 days of assessment, he will be assigned to the general population in 1 of the state's 25 men's prison where his attorney knows he will need protection. >> it only takes one, one person who wants to make a name for himself to do something drastic. >> reporter: in fact, today underneath his red jailhouse jumpsuit, jerry sandusky wore a bulletproof vest. once, in fact, he gets to the state prison, he'll be allowed to take with him his wedding ring, a watch, dentures and
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eyeglasses if he needs them and, yes, he will be allowed to have a television set, and if he can afford the cable, he'll be able to watch penn state football games, but he will never again be allowed to visit children. diane? >> all right, jim avila, thank you so much tonight. and now we move on to the race for the white house. governor mitt romney with the political wind at his back. there is a report that two members of the governor's family often seen by his side, that's his wife ann and his eldest son tagg, have urged a new approach behind the scenes. 28 days until americans head to the polls, "your voice, your vote." abc's david muir with all the new polls out tonight. david? >> reporter: diane, good evening from the crucial battleground state of ohio tonight. some of the biggest crowds we've seen yet for mitt romney since his debate performance are lined up for several blocks and a new poll you spoke of right here in ohio showing the race tightening.
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the president still in the lead here, which is why we're noticing something different from governor romney. more personal stories, personal connections with people he's met along the way. a more personal, a more emotional mitt romney on the campaign trail. >> so i was happy to put my hand on his shoulder and thank him and express my love to him and ask god to bless him and he -- >> reporter: speaking of an old classmate he saw at a campaign event, ailing and in a wheelchair. >> i got a call from a friend that he died the next day after that visit. it's rare you get the chance to tell someone how much you love them. so i met with david. >> reporter: romney offering the story of the boy he counseled, losing his battle with leukemia. and stopping the motorcade as church waved on, the image landing right where the campaign wanted -- on the front page. a report by politico suggesting the shift is driven by ann romney and their son tagg, a key adviser arguing inside the campaign they should show more of the dad they know. they campaign said today nonsense, as they work to build on romney's momentum from the debate. the obama campaign trying to remind voters of
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another character who came up in the debate, big bird. romney saying among the cuts he would make, funding to pbs. >> bernie madoff, ken lay, dennis kozlowski, criminals, gluttons of greed, and the evil genius who towered over them? one man has the guts to speak his name. >> big bird. big bird. big bird. >> reporter: "sesame street" now asking the obama campaign not to use the ad saying they don't endorse candidates. the campaign saying they'll review it. today a big bird banner over a romney rally. and singer will.i.am warming up an ohio crowd tonight with a familiar theme song. ♪ can you tell me how to get how to get to sesame street ♪ >> reporter: the president talking sesame on the stump. >> elmo is making a ride for the border. oscar hiding out in his trash can. governor romney plans to let wall street run wild but he's going to bring the hammer down on "sesame street." >> reporter: the president here in ohio tonight, the same time as mitt romney underscoring just how crucial this battleground will be. no republicans won the white house without, diane, as we all know without ohio, diane,
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without you too, and we learned tonight that governor romney will be spending four days of this week alone right here in ohio, where i'll be spending some time the next couple of days. >> you have a lot of noise behind you tonight. thank you, david. from ohio on the campaign trail and david and the rest of the abc news political team will join george stephanopoulos and me when the vice presidential contenders face off "one on one, the candidates debate" moderated by our own award-winning martha raddatz, and that's thursday night 9:00 p.m. eastern, 6:00 central. and now we have some breaking news to tell you about tonight, just as we came on the air, new details from the state department about what happened in libya, the violence that cost four americans their lives including u.s. ambassador chris stevens, and abc's jon karl is standing by with this late news. jon? >> diane, this is ahead of a major congressional hearing tomorrow into what happened in that attack on our consulate in libya, and we are
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hearing new details, details that we have never heard before about what went down, and this is significantly different than what we were told at the time. at the time, as you recall, we were told it was a protest that went bad and became an attack. now we are told there was no protest going on outside that embassy. the first indication that they heard anything outside the walls of the embassy, of the consulate compound was an explosion and gunfire. they looked through a camera to see what was going on, and we are told they saw a large number of armed men coming in and approaching that compound. we're told it was a very complex attack without precedent in u.s. diplomatic history. we've never seen an attack like this in libya or anywhere else, we were told, by this senior state department official. so, diane, one other fascinating detail is that they still don't know how ambassador stevens got to the hospital. doctors at the hospital took the cell phone out of his pants, out of his pocket and started calling it. that's how they found out that he was there. >> jon, this is an incredible breaking news tonight. so any explanation for the change in the story?
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>> reporter: well, this is a part of their investigation. they say they continue to investigate, but they have never given us anywhere near a detailed time line like this, and believe me, a big part of this, diane, is because you have this major congressional hearing tomorrow and they wanted to get this out now. >> all right, these new developments just in, thank you, jon karl. and now we turn to one of the strangest spy stories we've ever heard. a man is coming out of the shadows tonight saying he helped the united states snare one of the most dangerous al qaeda terrorists in the world. how? abc's chief investigative correspondent brian ross with the spy, the terrorist and the wife who may have led the terrorist to a mistake. >> reporter: he evaded the u.s. for years. but a new report today says anwar al awlaki's downfall may have been linked to his wife's shopping list for pantene shampoo, nivea deodorant, dove soap and other items not available in their desert hiding place in yemen.
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"we have sent other people before and nothing really suited her taste," al awlaki wrote, as he sent the list to someone he thought was a trusted al qaeda aide. but the trusted aide now says he was a spy. in an interview with a danish newspaper, morten storm, a danish convert to islam, says he went to yemen and worked with the cia to help and kill al awlaki. >> translator: he was a terrorist. he wanted to kill innocent people. >> reporter: storm himself was originally part of a radical islamic group in europe. this was him in 2005 at an anti-u.s. rally that made news in london. six months later, he says, he had been recruited by danish intelligence for his dangerous role. >> if al qaeda had come to the conclusion that he was spying for the danes and for the cia, they would have killed him immediately. >> reporter: in fiction like the popular "homeland" tv show, agents iced all kind of high-tech devices to track their targets. >> start with the encrypted files. really, it's important. >> reporter: in the case of al awlaki, the danish spy says
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the cia bugged a thumb drive he used to send messages including his wife's shopping list. >> translator: a transmitter would be planted in the usb flash or a program that could send a message to a tower, so he could be located. >> reporter: the reported communications were sent in early september and al awlaki was killed by a u.s. drone strike on what september 30th. the cia declined to offer today any comment on the role of the alleged involvement by the danish spy. >> okay, brian, thank you. after our break right here on "world news," the new report today about the hidden danger in your home that can catch fire without even a spark. with more pain. more pills. triple checking hydraulics. the evening brings more pain. so, back to more pills. almost done, when... hang on. stan's doctor recommended aleve. it can keep pain away all day with fewer pills than tylenol.
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happens. tossing some linseed oil-soaked rags and newspaper into a box, that's exactly what mike and sherry prentiss of cincinnati did. >> i had put it sort of folded on itself into a corner of the garage. >> reporter: suddenly they were fighting for their lives. >> there were flames shooting 30 feet into the sky. >> reporter: in our experiment after just an hour, the linseed-soaked rags have reached 110 degrees. two hours in, we spot smoke. linseed oil is safe for wood because you spread it out. but left on wadded up rags or paper, the oil is so concentrated that it heats up as it evaporates. some experts say take linseed oil-soaked rags and spread them out on your driveway until they are totally dry. want to be even more cautious, get a metal can, fill it up with water, dump the rags in, and seal it up. it's been a little over three hours now, and suddenly we see
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olympics. here is the number you should remember, 129 seconds. that's how long it normally takes to go through the drive-through at wendy's. just over two minutes, wendy's was the fastest franchise of all according to a new report. taco bell, second, just 20 seconds more. the very slowest, burger king, which took 3 minutes and 21 seconds, and mcdonald's was up there too, just over three minutes. and today we saw a picture that deepened the mystery at stonehenge. it's thought to be either a calendar, as you know, these mysterious rocks, or a sight for a shadowy ceremony 5,000 years ago. but researchers have now scanned the ancient structure with lasers, and they announced today they have found dozens of new carvings embedded too deep in the stone to the naked eye like these images. they look sort of like arrowheads, possibly hatchets of
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and finally tonight, abc news wants to join you in something right at the heart of the american family. how we can all help the people who care about us make decisions near the end of our lives, and nine out of ten of you have told us that we should all be talking about it at all ages, what we want, and yet only a fraction of us have done it, and we know it makes a huge difference in the health of the caregiver, as well as those cared for. so abc news has taken cameras inside a vital, loving family as part of a new community deciding to have "the conversation."
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this is 85-year-old norb and his daughter maureen. >> my dad is 85 today. he's still very, very active. he's a wonderful friend. >> reporter: throughout life daughter and father have always talked about everything except one thing, how to control the end of your life in the same way you control the prime of your life. so dad and daughter gather the family together, three generations, for an act of love. >> and so now we're just asking that you share some of your thoughts about what you would like at the end of your life so that we can honor your wishes. >> reporter: they are part of something new under way for families in america that says having the conversation is a gift parents and children give each other, and there's proof of the difference it makes. studies show depression rates plummet after a loss if the families have had the conversation. renowned physician, dr. atul gawande, says doctors and nurses see it firsthand. >> when you're there in that moment, and you're talking to
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the family and you're saying, how much will it bother your father if he ends up this way, and they say more often than not, i don't know, we never talked about it. that -- it is incredibly traumatic for the family, for the doctors involved. there's often conflict. it can tear families apart. >> reporter: so dr. gawande has become part of a team led by pulitzer prize-winning writer, ellen goodman. it is called the conversation project. it is a kind of guide for families looking for a way to begin. >> if we give them a way to talk about it and give people something to hang on to when they're afraid to start this conversation, they can do it and pass it on. >> reporter: families, like the jennings, they looked over the conversation guide before they sat down together. first, there is laughter. >> yeah, my golf swing's still good. [ laughs ] >> reporter: and then dad
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directly eases his daughter's guilt and worry about having put their mother in hospice. >> i felt like that meant we were giving up on mom. >> she was in a lot of pain, and i think it was handled real well. >> reporter: and next maureen asks her dad for clarity on what he considers a good end to a great life. >> so if you were in a condition where you couldn't make decisions for yourself, how extreme would you want us to take measures to save your life versus letting you go? >> well, i think i'm ready to go any time. you know, i wouldn't prolong anything. i mean, i've lived a great life really. i'm pretty lucky, and it's because of you guys, you know. >> reporter: unexpectedly, a grandson is inspired to speak up about his own wishes. for his own life.
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>> that if there was no meaningful communication, that i would want you to stop trying to intervene. >> we're not ready for you to go yet. >> well, we're not ready for you to go either so -- >> reporter: one by one, the others weigh in, all ages. ♪ happy birthday dear grandpa >> reporter: and with that, another family has joined a kind of estate planning for the heart. >> go. >> reporter: the conversation beginning in america. so please tell us your stories in the days ahead about ways to begin the conversation with family members of all ages, or if you don't want to have it, tell us about that too. my colleague and my friend, anchor bill ritter from wabc and i will be reading your e-mails and looking at the great photo s you're already sending of your families.
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so go to abcnews.com and find the conversation and the guide and we'll see you right there. thanks so much for watching tonight. we're always here at abcnews.com and, of course, "nightline" later. i'll see you again. back here tomorrow night. good night. a packed house at city hall, dozens weigh in on whether ross mirkarimi should get his job back. >> a dramatic rescue operation. tonight a team forced to use tranquilizing darts to save a sea lion. >> and we're live at the coliseum.
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it's do or die time for the a's. best of five playoff series is on the line. >> remarkable story of a note left in the wilderness 40 years ago and the grandfather who found it and wrote back. >> suspended sheriff ross mirkarimi at a city hall rally today, inside, supervisors deciding right now whether to retain him or remove him from office once and for all. good evening, i'm dan ashley. >> and they have been meeting on whether he should be allowed to resume his duties as sheriff. hundreds of people packed the chambers. this is a live picture and they have vowed to listen to everyone who wants to speak. abc 7

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ABC World News With Diane Sawyer
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